North West farmers say the continued rainfall in the province in the past few days, might offer some relief to their livestock. Most of them have lost livestock due to five-year long drought in some areas of the province.
“We had quite good rains in the last months over the large parts of the North West province. As you can see here at the back the river is flooding and there was rain on Christmas Day 100 mm here in the Marico catchment area. The dam in the Groot Marico that should have closed at the end of this month and now the water already rose up to 13 % and it will go up at least to 20 %. So it is a big difference for the farmers in this area,” says Agri Northwest Deputy Chairperson, Daan Van der Merwe.
Dave Harman, who farms in the Zeerust area, was forced to sell about 60% of his livestock due to drought. He says the rain has brought temporary relief.
“We are very pleased to have rain, but we must be realist and say if there is rain in January, February- March, April then this rain will be to a large extent fruitful... if not, it will dry and and they die all. If there is no rain in January and February this rain won't help anything.”
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